Friday, August 24, 2012

Glory Now In You

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”  Romans 8:18

When you receive Jesus, He brings all that He is—perfect love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control—not eventually, not occasionally, but at all times, at every moment, in every situation. Now. He is the Treasure you’ve been looking for, the Reward for which you long, the Performer you’d like to be. And He is in you. Jesus is the favor you want, the success you were made for, and the glory now in you.

If, just now, you’re suffering or enduring hardship, avoid the temptation to work up more fleshly strength (you’re already exhausted), and beware the thoughts that assign you to the failed scrapheap of humanity. That’s a lie. His glory, the incredible evidence that He lives within you, is best seen through suffering, most obvious in calamity, and most triumphant in hardship. Offer yourself to Jesus. And where is He? That’s where you make the offering—to the inside (Rom 6:12-13), to Jesus who has made you His home.

Listen for Him. This is worth quieting yourself. Pay attention to the thoughts and pictures that play in your mind. Talk aloud to Jesus—you may get reckless or even loud—as you give yourself to Him. You’ll find that He gives Himself to you, and that’s where the life is! Respond to what you feel and what He reveals, and trust that He loves you far more than He cares about mistakes you might make in the adventure of knowing Him. If He knows everything, even before it happens, then He knows and has planned for your supposed sloppiness. He doesn’t resent your neediness! That’s also where His glory is best seen.

Have a great weekend walking in the adventure.

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.” 2 Corinthians 4:6-11


  1. Diane Maartens5:01 PM

    Beautiful words Ralph, Christ in me the hope of Glory!! we ARE the brightness of God's glory, wonderful truth, we shine, and Oh how we shine! Love it!!

  2. Nancy Brooke5:05 PM

    I love this so much! Thank you!!

  3. Dottie Ryan5:05 PM this from your book? Just wondering whether I need to copy and paste and print this off! It speaks volumes!!! Thank you!

  4. Dottie--It's not. But it's so much a part of what I've found that amazes me about life in Christ that it comes through in just about whatever I write. Christ revealed to me and in me is just about the whole deal, as far as I'm concerned. I'm a one trick pony. (Happy.)

  5. Dottie Ryan5:06 PM

    Well, hopes it's okay with you if I print it off? :)

  6. Any time, any thing, Dottie. This does echo chapter 13 of my book, "The End of Pretending--Receiving frustration's gift to you."

  7. Lisa Fowler12:13 AM

    Love this, Ralph! very beautiful...and what wonderful hope and peace these truths bring ♥

  8. Garvisa Garner Stroud12:13 AM

    Just what I needed today!

  9. Linda Bailey7:00 AM

    Thank you so much for your wonderful post. It helped me a lot tonight. One can't hear enough to stop your own struggles in the flesh...which accounts for nothing...and to just rest in the sufficiency of Jesus Christ Who is real...and alive...within us. The very first time I ever came across that verse that says, "...we have this TREASURE in earthen vessels.." it jumped right off the page for me. Jesus IS my treasure. Sometimes at night I will just repeat all the truths of what the Lord IS....He is my light, and my life, and my salvation, and my treasure, and my great reward...and my...and my...and my... wow! Thank you, again...whenever I read the truths that you wrote I feel like I've just eaten a WHOLE MEAL....(or even a DQ Blizzard!) and it satisfies my soul!!! LOL